Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation, Northwestern University & the Chicago Botanic Garden

FW by Andy Wilson



The Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation is a partnership between Northwestern University (NU) and the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG). Both MS and PhD degrees are offered. The programs offer a unique opportunity to study ecology, evolution, and environmental issues at the interface of basic and applied plant science. Students apply to the program through Northwestern University and take their courses at both NU and CBG with faculty from both institutions. The Plant Conservation and Science Center at CBG is a tremendous resource for students, and the Chicago region provides an excellent community at the forefront of research in conservation and sustainability. Faculty research areas include:

Climate Change

Conservation Genetics

Crop Evolution and Diversity

Invasion Biology

Paleobotany, Paleoecology, and Paleoclimate


Plant Animal Interactions

Plant Demography

Plant Reproductive Ecology

Plant and Fungal Systematics and Evolution

Restoration Ecology

Soil Ecology and Fungal Diversity

To learn more, contact the program director, Nyree Zerega (nzerega) or visit our websites:

Graduate Program:

Plant Science Center:

Application deadlines:

PhD: December 1, 2015

MS (thesis-based): February 15, 2016

MS (internship-based): Applications will be reviewed beginning February 15 and review will continue through April 30, 2016. Admissions are on a rolling basis.


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